Health­care re­form in US

Stanstead Journal - - PAGE TWO - New­port, VT

Se­na­torVin­cent Il­luzzi will present an up­date on 2014 Health Care Re­form in­clud­ing a re­view of Bill #208 he re­cently in­tro­duced on the sub­ject on Mon­day, Jan­uary 30 at 8:30am at the North Coun­try Ca­reer Cen­ter con­fer­ence room. Jac­ques Roberge of Pou­los In­sur­ance and Bill Gar­dyne of As­so­ci­ated In­sur­ance will re­view the new VACE/BLUE Cross-blue Shield Health In­sur­ance Plan at the same meet­ing spon­sored by Ver­mont’s North Coun­try Cham­ber of Com­merce (VNCCOC).

“Health Care costs are a ma­jor part of our busi­nesses’ ex­penses. It’s im­por­tant that our busi­ness lead­ers un­der­stand what’s ahead in Health Care Re­form due to go into ef­fect in 2014 and that our leg­is­la­tors hear from them. But in ad­di­tion to that, busi­nesses have to get through the next two years with the most cost ef­fec­tive plan for their sit­u­a­tion,” stated Donna Hig­gons, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of VNCCOC. “The Ver­mont As­so­ci­a­tion of Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tives (VACCE) has ne­go­ti­ated very com­pet­i­tive rates with Blue Cross/blue Shield of Ver­mont in a va­ri­ety of pro­grams de­signed to meet most busi­ness needs, with a 2-year rate guar­an­tee. We urge all mem­bers and guests to at­tend this im­por­tant meet­ing, give feed­back to Sen­a­tor Il­luzzi and find out if your busi­ness can save money while of­fer­ing your em­ploy­ees a com­pre­hen­sive plan,” con­tin­ued Mrs. Hig­gons.

The cham­ber will be spon­sor­ing sev­eral Health Care Re­form up­dates over the next few months as the leg­is­la­ture

Pre­sent­edby Hy­dro-que­bec, the Les filles et les sciences: un duo elec­trisant! event which takes place at the Cegep de Sher­brooke on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 18th, will of­fer some­thing spe­cial for par­ents and teach­ers as well. A rich day of in­for­ma­tion and sur­prise awaits par­ents and teach­ers. In order that they can be­come fa­mil­iar with the dif­fer­ent fields of science and tech­nol­ogy, sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties will take place through­out the day. The adults can visit “Ex­plore your fu­ture” kiosks, lis­ten to tes­ti­mo­ni­als by stu­dents and work­ers in the field, or speak with one of the event’s god­moth­ers: Veronique Nault, Marie-josee Toupin or Joan­nie Lapointe, all three of whom are en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sité de Sher­brooke.

The aim of these ac­tiv­i­ties is to shed light on the school and pro­fes­sional paths be­ing pro­posed to the young girls. Par­tic­i­pat­ing adults will then be bet­ter equipped to give ad­vice to young girls in their en­tourage. This event is free and a lunch will be pro­vided to those par­tic­i­pat­ing. The reg­is­tra­tion form, which is the same as the one for the young girls, is avail­able on the CLSE web­site. The dead­line for reg­is­tra­tion is Fe­bru­ary 4th, 2012. For more in­for­ma­tion call Bianca Douil­lard at 819 565-5062.

The day will be di­rected by three re­gional part­ners: the Cegep de Sher­brooke, the Uni­ver­sité de Sher­brooke and the Con­seil du loisir sci­en­tifique de l’es­trie (CLSE).

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